United States Under-17 National Team coach Richie Williams announced his 20-man roster for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship that starts next week in Panama. The tournament serves as the qualifiers for the Under-17 World Cup in October hosted by the United Arab Emirates. All four semifinalists will advance to the World Cup.
“The big picture of the process started in January of 2012,” Williams said. “It’s been about 15, 16 months since we’ve started and a lot of training sessions, a lot of games, lot of trips and giving guys opportunities to go out and train and get better and to develop, and we feel they’ve developed nicely. We’ve brought a lot of guys in through Residency and a lot of guys have done really well. It’s been a long process, but we feel like we’ve narrowed it down to the 20 players for the roster. It’s never easy. There are a lot of good players here.”
GK: Jeff Caldwell (North Carolina Fusion; Todd, N.C.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls; South River, N.J.)
DEF: Conor Donovan (NC Alliance; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Tommy Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.)
MID: Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Junior Flores (Unattached; Manassas Park, Va.), Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.J.), Elijah Martin (Unattached; Fresno, Calif.), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.)
FOR: Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Lake Worth, Fla.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC; Garland, Texas)